First, does this surprise you? In any of several ways?
A-Rod thinks that he can throw enough money at the situation to take care of it. Also, unlike Barry Bonds, apparently, either there or elsewhere, he doesn't have anybody who will go to the mat for him.
That said, it's not just about A-Rod this time:
The two people said that the investigators were told by the ex-employees and others that documents said to be from the clinic had been put up for sale by various people and that Rodriguez had arranged for an intermediary to purchase at least some of them.That, in turn, led Major League Baseball to conclude that other players linked to the clinic would also attempt to buy documents to conceal incriminating evidence and accelerated baseball’s efforts to purchase as many documents as it could.
Sounds like Biogenesis is the proverbial sinking ship with rats fleeing.
That said, why talk to MLB? Because it has no legal powers, unlike the feds, MLB can't get one lab employee to "roll" to save his or her hide, either.
But, Bud's got dinero:
That explains a lot.Those ex-employees were paid for the time they spent talking with baseball’s investigators, the two people said, with the payments not believed to have exceeded several thousand dollars. Whether their statements alone are strong enough for baseball officials to proceed with disciplinary action against various players remains to be seen.
But, back to the idea that A-Rod wasn't alone. Melky Cabrera? Bartolo Colon? Relatively small potatoes.
But, either because former Milwaukee Brewers owner, now commissioner, Bud "Bud" Selig wants to prove he's impartial, or else he's just pissed about that chain-of-evidence loophole, if there's even a hint that Ryan Braun tried to do the same with documents, his ass is grass.
The Hebrew Hammer will get hammered. Juices Maccabeus will strike out. Lyin Braun will be tripped up.
But, Bud's going to have to get stronger evidence; Lyin Braun's attorneys will surely rip into paid testimony.